The jewels were received from the Saudi Arabian monarchy and were not declared as a state gift that was incorporated into the public patrimony, but from the Brazilian government they tried to smuggle them in.
The then minister Albuquerque was filmed at the Guarulhos international airport, Sao Paulo, when the former official returned from representing Bolsonaro at an event organized by the Saudi government. “All this (the jewelry) is for the first lady“, can be heard in the video released.
The Single Federation of Oil Tankers (FUP), for its part, demanded that the Public Ministry investigate whether these Chopard brand jewels delivered by the Saudi government It has to do with alleged bribes linked to the privatization carried out by the Bolsonaro government from the Petrobras Landulpho Alves refinery to a Mubadala investment fund, from the United Arab Emirates.
Did Bolsonaro try to illegally enter jewelry?
The former president received a large amount of jewelry from the Saudi authorities in October 2021, including “a necklace, a ring, a watch and a pair of diamond earrings”all gifts for who was at that time the first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro.
Upon returning to Brazil, Customs agents found the jewelry in the backpack of one of the soldiers who traveled with the presidential entourage. and they verified that none of the objects had previously been declared as legal trademark. “They are accusing me of a gift that I did not ask for, nor did I receive. There is no illegality on my part“Brazil Bolsonaro, who is still in the United States, told CNN.
The goods were seized at the Guarulhos international airport, in São Paulo., according to information from the newspaper O Estado de São Paulo that was later confirmed by other media. Former Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Albuquerque tried to recover the jewels without success on numerous occasions.
The Brazilian newspaper affirms that, in the last two months of Bolsonaro’s term, four attempts were made to retrieve the gifts mobilizing even the Foreign and Economy ministries, all without success